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by herrerajen
Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:44 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Take-Home Final (due Saturday, Sept. 12 by 7 a.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 14859

Re: Take-Home Final (due Saturday, Sept. 12 by 7 a.m.)

Take-Home Final 1. As expressed in this passage, transmission system models describe quantitative consequences as they consider the role of demographic transitions and population consequences. Social scientists tend to immediately make qualitative assessments of the transmission systems, as they wil...
by herrerajen
Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:33 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16531

Re: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)

I'm interested by the ways the treatment(s) will unfold to epigenetic methylation. It seems as though pharmaceutical companies are already looking for ways they can use this to treat depression, anxiety, and PTSD. The author makes sure that caution should be taken when approaching this major step as...
by herrerajen
Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16531

Re: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)

I'd like to draw attention to the cycling effect of epigenetics. Frances Champagne's findings showed that baby rodents which were mothered with low estrogen receptors made them less attentive to their own babies. Discussions concerning abuse oftentimes point to statistics which show that overwhelmin...
by herrerajen
Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Fourth prompt (due Sunday, Sept. 6 by 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 5771

Re: Fourth prompt (due Sunday, Sept. 6 by 11:59 p.m.)

In Millstein’s article, the precautionary principle refers to the advised measures to be taken when certain products, services or policies may threaten human health or the environment although there is no scientific consensus of the risk. Now, similar to the manner that all science is value-laden, p...
by herrerajen
Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 13384

Re: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)

Were we supposed to post twice? I'll post again just in case. I think it's also worth pointing out the way fast food restaurants have honed in on the anti-GMO zeightist. Chipotle is particularly known for having foods that does not have GMO's, so they proclaim. Amy's Drive Thru is also an upcoming f...
by herrerajen
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:39 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 13384

Re: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)

As someone that lives in the east bay, I have definitely heard GMO's referred to as "frankenfood" (particularly when walking down Berkeley). Blatantly stated, the arguments presented usually revolve around the fact that GMOs are "unnatural." As a result, those that would like to ...
by herrerajen
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)
Replies: 35
Views: 10173

Re: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)

I'm interested in the concept of attractiveness in the context of cultural evolution. When discussing the Italian women that had 2 children as opposed to 5, Sober finds that "having a small family was more attractive than having a large one, even though the former trait had a lower Darwinian fi...
by herrerajen
Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)
Replies: 24
Views: 6344

Re: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)

Towards the end of his article, Sober (1992) pivotally asserts that there is a peculiar “confusion” when culture is proposed as a “weak influence when it opposes biology” (p. 35). However, by drawing on the cultural models of Cavalli-Sforza and Feldman along with Boyd and Richerson, Sober carefully ...
by herrerajen
Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 10825

Re: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)

Sober ends his article with the bold claim that "it isn't that biologists and social scientists are in conflict; rather, they are talking past each other" (p. 36). As a sociology major, I have never come across cultural evolution to explain sociological/anthropological phenomena. I've brie...
by herrerajen
Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14438

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

I'd like to analyze for a moment his first argument against the concept of memes: "cultural units are not replicators." To begin with, Lewens cleverly defines replicators as units that make copies of themselves. Therefore, cultural items are re-produced, meaning they are produced 'again an...
by herrerajen
Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14438

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

I'm particularly interested in the reference to Boyd and Richerson's theory of 'prestige bias.' According to the view one 'individuals copy techniques from those who are in prestigious positions, then this increases the changes that they will copy techniques that are, in fact, beneficial" (p. 5...
by herrerajen
Sat Aug 22, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Second prompt (due Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 22
Views: 5559

Re: Second prompt (due Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m.)

In his article, Tools for Talking Human Nature, Weismannism, and the Interpretation of Genetic Information, Griesemer scrutinizes the fixed methods for researching biological ‘facts’ and their historical and current implications with retrospect of the Human Genome Initiative (HGI). Drawing on the vo...
by herrerajen
Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14182

Re: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)

The breakdown of the text in class was very helpful! I feel as though I have a MUCH better understanding of the text, although I am still particularly stuck on the Weismannisms argument. After thinking about the approaches Griesemer encourages to have in scientific research (asking how, what, and wh...
by herrerajen
Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14182

Re: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)

On page 82, Griesemer argues that "Understanding the flow of genetic information should therefore be a joint concern of proximate and ultimate biology, not the exclusive province of one sort of science or scientists vested with sole authority for interpretation." Here, Griesemer argues tha...
by herrerajen
Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:47 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 9518

Re: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)

Throughout the podcast and the article, several scientists have raised biological, ethical, political questions concerning the usage of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats. While many have pointed to the ethical implications of gene cutting, only one person made the comparison ...
by herrerajen
Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 30
Views: 7129

Re: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)

For the writing project I intend to write about 2 ideas: 1. I would like to explore the scientific methods that approach to define, research, and categorize sexual orientation. Most importantly, I would like to investigate the implications for such scientific findings. The most used procedure for de...
by herrerajen
Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 12: Nobel Laureate: big data and full-genome analysis not all they’re cracked up to be (required)
Replies: 30
Views: 9095

Re: Aug. 12: Nobel Laureate: big data and full-genome analysis not all they’re cracked up to be (required)

I was particularly drawn to Gilbert's response to the problems science confronts. Gilbert finds it problematic that money is consistently spent on easy solutions or immediate outcomes. Because of this, scientists are forced to only use the "current level of understanding" rather than somet...
by herrerajen
Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)
Replies: 22
Views: 7517

Re: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)

Throughout the article, Lloyd critiques the ways diseases can be differently classified on 4 different biological levels (medical, cellular, physiological, organismic). I was particularly drawn to the fibrocystic breast disease example. In the beginning of the article, Lloyd defines diseases as &quo...
by herrerajen
Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)
Replies: 32
Views: 9727

Re: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)

Towards the end of the article, Dulbecco speaks in an urgent tone. He enjoins that humans need to be the preferred experimental species for cancer research. A call for such action would "have to be a national effort," for this endeavor would be as ambitious as the space conquest. He argues...
by herrerajen
Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:27 am
Forum: Suggestions and Feedback
Topic: interesting video to watch
Replies: 0
Views: 1145

interesting video to watch

If we discuss the philosophy of race, I think it'd be interesting if we touched on this documentary : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dDXIX-y6aY In the documentary, a geneticists traces back 60,000 years to find our earliest ancestors (spoiler alert, the ancestor is man is from Africa!). The docume...
by herrerajen
Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:27 am
Forum: Videos and Pictures
Topic: interesting video to watch
Replies: 0
Views: 914

interesting video to watch

If we discuss the philosophy of race, I think it'd be interesting if we touched on this documentary : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dDXIX-y6aY In the documentary, a geneticists traces back 60,000 years to find our earliest ancestors (spoiler alert, the ancestor is man is from Africa!). The docume...
by herrerajen
Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous and Testing
Topic: What do you hope to get out of this class?
Replies: 28
Views: 6412

Re: What do you hope to get out of this class?

First, I hope to use the information I receive from this class to apply to other fields--in particular sociology, public policy, history--for all these fields are undoubtedly interconnected. Second, I hope that I can use the information to better my understandings of philosophers that have studied b...

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